Elon Musk is just about one million followers away from becoming the most followed person on Twitter. The CEO’s gap between Barack Obama, currently Twitter’s most-followed account, has narrowed to less than one million.
A look at Barack Obama’s page would show that the former US President currently has a total of 133,128,202 followers as of writing. In comparison, Elon Musk’s profile on Twitter shows that the CEO is followed — at least as of writing — by 132,207,559 accounts. This means that the gap between Musk’s and Obama’s follower count has narrowed down to just about 920,000 followers.
Musk has always been a Twitter power user, and following his acquisition of the social media platform last year, his follower count maintained its momentum. This has allowed Musk to close in on the former US President, who has maintained his place as the platform’s most-followed account for years.
There are some notable differences between Musk and Obama’s Twitter accounts. Musk tends to use Twitter regularly, and his posts are notoriously off-the-cuff, for better or worse. Obama, on the other hand, adopts a more measured and formal approach to his posts on the social media platform. Both Musk and Obama generate millions of impressions per tweet, though Musk’s posts tend to receive more replies.
Musk also follows only 187 accounts on Twitter despite having over 132 million followers. The former US president, on the other hand, follows a whopping 563,395 accounts as of writing.
The jury is still out on whether Musk’s purchase of Twitter for $44 billion was a wise decision, though the CEO has mentioned that the social media platform “has a shot at being cash flow positive” in the second quarter. It will be quite an accomplishment if Twitter does become cash flow positive, considering that the social media platform never made much money prior to Musk’s acquisition.
“We’re getting close to the point where we’re close to having the total expenditures for the company excluding debt roughly equal to debt…I think we’ll be there in Q2. I don’t definitely want to count chickens before they hatch…but I think we’ve got a shot at being cash flow possible next quarter,” Musk noted during a Morgan Stanley conference.
As noted by Business Model Analyst, Twitter posted its first-ever net income of $1.2 billion in 2018, marking the first year it was profitable. It seemed like the social media platform had some momentum then, as in 2019, Twitter was profitable again with a net income of $1.4 billion. Between 2013 and 2017, Twitter did not post annual profits. The company was not profitable in the years after 2019 either.
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